The Geneva Conventions require national Red Cross societies to promote awareness of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) to target audiences and the general public.
The Irish Red Cross provides training and education to organisations and individuals as well as holding frequent public IHL events. We also run workshops and presentations for community groups.
National IHL Committee
The National IHL Committee was established in 2008 by the Government to advise on matters of IHL, to provide a means of promoting wider knowledge of IHL within the State and to prepare for International Conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. The Irish Red Cross is a member of this committee along with a number of Government Departments as well as the Irish Defence Forces and the Attorney General’s office.
IHL Panel Discussions
Organised two to three times a year, these public events are an opportunity to discuss and debate issues relating to IHL. Each panel discussions brings together academics and practitioners to explore the chosen topic with time allotted for audience participation. Previous panel discussions include: ‘Islamic State and IHL’ and ‘The International Prisoner of War Agency and its continued relevance today’.
The Irish Red Cross is happy to offer speakers to universities and other educational institutions on IHL. Seminars can be tailored to fit within a taught module, part of a seminar series, or as standalone events and aim to serve as an introduction to humanitarian law for students. In the past we have delivered lectures at University College Cork, Maynooth University and The Law Society of Ireland.
Corn Adomnáin 2015
The Corn Adomnáin is an Irish Red Cross competition in IHL for third-level students.
Named after the Cáin Adomnáin, or the Law of Innocents as it is often referred to, an early-Christian IHL treaty signed in Birr, Co. Offaly, in 697AD, the competition aims takes the learning out of the lecture hall and gives students an opportunity to engage with IHL on a practical level, applying their knowledge to ‘real-life’ situations.
Students participating in the competition take part in role-plays, simulations and moot courts. These are evaluated by a jury composed of highly experienced people in the field of International Law. Applications for the competition open in September each year with the competition taking place the following spring.
To find out more about any of our IHL dissemination events or to organise a seminar, please contact our IHL Advocacy Officer, Louise Sarsfield Collins on email@example.com or 01 642 4600.